Severe Weather Outlook by John Robinson

Some thunderstorms should make it into western Arkansas Thursday afternoon and continue moving east after that. The storms will probably reach the tornado clean-up areas late Thursday afternoon or early Thursday evening. Storms will continue into the late night hours over eastern Arkansas.

Severe weather chances on Thursday should be in western Arkansas, mainly west of a line from Texarkana to Mountain Home during the afternoon and evening. A few severe thunderstorms could produce large hail or damaging winds. We are not looking for a big episode of severe weather.

On Friday, there could be some spotty storms in the state during the morning. Best chances for thunderstorms – and perhaps isolated severe storms – should be from late afternoon into the evening hours. The most likely area would be over the southeastern half of the state.

The next good chance of thunderstorms after that appears to be Sunday evening, and these could occur anywhere in the state.

Rainfall amounts from Thursday through the weekend should average 1 to 2 inches. There could be some totals to around 3 inches in east and southeast Arkansas.

John Robinson
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service, Little Rock